Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Music: Lovely Lou

"You need to be completely nuts.  On the other side you have to have a beautiful humility to be brave enough to go on stage and potentially be hated by 2000 people." - Lou Doillon on performing

I've written about Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the past, but another of Birkin's progeny has proven to have musical talent, her daughter Lou Doillon (with French film director Jacques Doillon).  You may recognize Lou from the pages of fashion magazines; she was once the face of Givenchy and has modeled for the Gap and Lee Cooper.  She's also an actress, mostly appearing in French films (though she had a cameo on Gossip Girl... yes, complete guilty pleasure).

Her debut album "Places," was released abroad last year and in the U.S. earlier this summer.  I haven't been able to stop listening to the beautiful and wistful tunes.  She embarks on a few European tour dates this fall and recently played a show here in New York last week.

Lou explained to W magazine what inspires her sound:
As a little girl, my father–who doesn’t speak a word of English–would only listen to American music, and funny enough, musicians who wrote great lyrics, like Leonard Cohen and Nina Simone. I spoke English as a little girl and I remember crying in his car at age 9 or 10 to Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat,” thinking that you could write nearly a love letter to a man who betrayed you by having an affair with your wife. I was thinking how wonderful and pure music can be for explaining situations. 
I picked up the guitar very late, in a very pagan way–I didn’t know how to play, but I knew I had to. I drew and I had a diary, but it wasn’t enough; I needed to express more. As soon as I learned two notes, I started to tell a story, which is why, I guess, my music resembles blues or folk. (Source)
 
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